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Old 08-15-2014, 02:44 PM   #11
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Not sure if you saw my post here but you can get GY Marathon 225/75-15 Load Range D tires from Discounttiredirect on eBay for $312.00 shipped. You must use the eBay coupon to take $100 off the price shown during checkout.

At the time I ordered there was also a $60 mail in rebate from GY that I believe has since expired. The one's I received were date codes 1414, 1414, 1514 and 2014
Thanks for the info. Discount tire was who I was dealing with locally, they could not compete with the eBay discount, but they did work with me on the price. I would have to have paid to ship back the Maxxis tires and pay someone to mount the tires if I bought them online, so taking everything into account, my local dealer came close to the eBay deal. So I stayed with my dealer and I have someone local to handle the tire warranty if needed.
Edited: oldcoot will be pleased, I am going with Marathon LR D's.
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Old 08-15-2014, 03:30 PM   #12
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Your welcome, I don't have DT locally so have been buying all our tires from either DTD or Tirerack depending on who has the best deal at the time.

Had planned on replacing the tires on the TT we have on order early next year, as it will probably get delivered late enough we won't get many trips on it this season.

With all the horror stories I read on the OEM tires FR puts on these rigs, I went ahead and ordered when I found the DTD eBay deal. I just have them mounted and balanced at a local shop, and forgo any road hazard coverage.
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Old 08-15-2014, 04:02 PM   #13
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Hey, OldCoot; it was great to meet face to face and see your great ideas in person at Goshen this year. We're looking forward to 2015.
Our OEM tires still seem okay (46 days on them since we got our '14 Flagstaff 8528IKWS--5th) and I'm monitoring them with a TST system; but I worry.
I notice you, too, say GY Marathons. Since we're in NC, too; is there one dealer you have found better than another- for purchase, mounting, and balancing? Thanks.
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Old 08-15-2014, 04:15 PM   #14
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Hey, OldCoot; it was great to meet face to face and see your great ideas in person at Goshen this year. We're looking forward to 2015.
Our OEM tires still seem okay (46 days on them since we got our '14 Flagstaff 8528IKWS--5th) and I'm monitoring them with a TST system; but I worry.
I notice you, too, say GY Marathons. Since we're in NC, too; is there one dealer you have found better than another- for purchase, mounting, and balancing? Thanks.
Great to meet you and your lovely wife also. I use the GY store @ 910 Concord Parkway North, Concord, NC. It's right by Northern and Lowes.
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Old 08-15-2014, 04:25 PM   #15
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Hey, OldCoot; it was great to meet face to face and see your great ideas in person at Goshen this year. We're looking forward to 2015.
Our OEM tires still seem okay (46 days on them since we got our '14 Flagstaff 8528IKWS--5th) and I'm monitoring them with a TST system; but I worry.
I notice you, too, say GY Marathons. Since we're in NC, too; is there one dealer you have found better than another- for purchase, mounting, and balancing? Thanks.
being in Durham you have many choices. I got mine in Lumberton being that is where my blow out happened. I used Black tires GY dealer they are all over NC and very good. They wouldn't even give me a choice, it was Marathons D ranged balanced or go some where else......
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Old 08-15-2014, 10:31 PM   #16
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Ours started losing air on the way back from Goshen. Here is where we were when one of them blew out. Taking the rig to the GY dealer tomorrow @7:00AM for new shoes. Not even going to us the old spare. That rim gets a new shoe too. We drove off the highway to change the flat so I had to take this picture from Google maps.
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Hey, OldCoot; it was great to meet face to face and see your great ideas in person at Goshen this year. We're looking forward to 2015.
Our OEM tires still seem okay (46 days on them since we got our '14 Flagstaff 8528IKWS--5th) and I'm monitoring them with a TST system; but I worry.
I notice you, too, say GY Marathons. Since we're in NC, too; is there one dealer you have found better than another- for purchase, mounting, and balancing? Thanks.
Well *finally* I see someone with our exact same 5er!

Lotta RKs floating around, but the IK's (especially in a 2014) seems a bit rare 'round here.

We're headed for NC early in the morning! She's loaded, hitched, tug pull checked, hitch bar padlocked for the night, ready to roll!
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Old 08-16-2014, 12:06 AM   #18
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I have looked for tires for our 5er. Everyone have had good and bad reviews. I've looked at most of the tires that everyone talk about but could not seem to get them in the size that our camper required. The camper originally came with DURO tires. we initially had trouble with them getting tennis ball sized bubbles on them. I think there was a bad batch. Duro replaced all of the tires. I had same issue with one and determined that I needed a heavier load bearing tire. Researched everything and just wasn't sure on what to settle with. I went with the DURO tires with a heavier load rating. I figured that the other DURO tires basically held up. So, I figured that I had some experience with and knowledge about them. They have done great. I think if you take care of them, keep an eye on them, properly keep them inflated to correct PSI then they should holdup. It is funny to hear people mention China bombs. I would say that most everything they own is from China. I have seen another camper same as mine with truck tires on it. Anyone had any luck doing that. Do you go with same size or bigger. I researched it a little and seemed as though the trucks tires didn't have as much weight carrying load capacity as did the ST trailer tires.
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We ordered a 2014 FR Cherokee TT last spring and received in April '13 with the 5 "Vail" brand tires. Last thing the dealer said to me as we pulled out of the lot was to watch out for those tires - they are cheap.

4 weeks later I bought 5 new Maxxis tires of the next higher load rating (now running 80% of capacity instead of 97% of capacity). I shopped the internet but could get about same price from my regular independent tire guy. I asked him to check age of the tires in the warehouse and all were about 18-24 months old.

Corresponded with Maxxis twice on this issue, big investment for something this old, etc. They replied their is no industry standard for "fresh" tire inventory and they consider anything in the 1-2 year range to be "fresh", and better than the age you would receive from other brands. However, also pointed out that they are warranted for 6 years from date of manufacture.

Went ahead and ordered them and what I got was 18 months old. Had them balanced and have put 6K miles on them in 18 months with no problems. I keep them covered when not in use.

I'm not sure if you can get fresher tires from another brand. From what I can find, just about all of them are made in China and shipped in huge lots.....which is where the age comes from.
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Old 08-16-2014, 08:56 AM   #20
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I asked him to check age of the tires in the warehouse and all were about 18-24 months old.

I'm not sure if you can get fresher tires from another brand. From what I can find, just about all of them are made in China and shipped in huge lots.....which is where the age comes from.
The GY Marathons I just received from DTD were all 3-4 mo old. I think if you buy a popular brand from a large retailer your more likely to get fresher tires.
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